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IGAD extends invitation to S. Sudan party representatives

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May 6, 2018 (JUBA) – The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has invited representatives of each of the South Sudanese parties for consultations on the peace process.

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The High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) at the African Union Hall, Addis Ababa (Getty)

IGAD, in a letter issued on Sunday, called for the need to intensify engagement with the South Sudanese parties so as to identify any possible options of ensuring the next peace talks ends successfully.

“In order for the process to be focused and meaningful, the engagements need to be limited to representatives of the parties,” partly reads the letter addressed to the parties,” the letter reads.

“I would therefore request you to nominate five representatives to come to Addis Ababa for the consultations from 10th May-12th 2018,” adds the letter signed by IGAD special envoy to South Sudan, Ismail Wais.

In recent days, however, ceasefire monitors have expressed concerns over renewed fighting in South Sudan ahead of the next round of talks due in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa this month.

“In order, therefore, to maximize the likelihood of reaching final agreement during the next round, which begins on 17 May 2018, the Council of Ministers and the Special Envoy consider that it is necessary to intensify the engagement with and between the parties,” further stated IGAD’s letter.

In February, the South Sudan peace talks stalled over a text mediators and opposition officials want added to a provision that authorizes levying punitive measures against individuals who violate the peace process.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict between the government of President Salva Kiir and rebels led by ex-Vice President Riek Machar since December 2013. The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced almost over 2 million people from their homes, including over a million refugees who fled into neighbouring nations.

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  • 7 May 2018 10:20, by Eastern

    IGAD has now resorted to piecemeal approach. The fear to fail by IGAD is failing South Sudanese...!

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    • 7 May 2018 12:22, by South South

      Eastern,

      IGAD is trying its best to help, but when you have more 30 factions of rebels in one country where some of them have less than 10 men in their group, it’s very hard to bring people like that together to make peace. It’s not IGAD who is failing South Sudan, it’s coin rebels who are failing South Sudan.

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      • 7 May 2018 16:30, by Mookachaar Jieng

        The toothless dog called IGAD leaves South Sudan alone.
        Let South Sudanese kill themselves till the right body intervene.
        No peace that the IGAD will bring to South Sudanese.
        Which type of consultation is looking for by IGAD again?
        M7 is the cleverest trader on South Sudan crisis, let the Almighty God response his business for the blood of nonsense people.

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      • 7 May 2018 17:13, by jubaone

        South South
        The IGAD has compromised it’s impartiality and has lost direction. Even the JMEC chairman has kept a low profile. IGAD fools thought the arithmetic to exclude and put Riak under house arrest would provide a leeway for the kiirminal to expedite the jienge agenda. This has failed and the nuts are recoiling. Now there are multiple stakeholders to the peace deal.

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        • 7 May 2018 21:25, by Eastern

          jubaone,

          The old man from Botswana is lately agreeing with Dr. Machar on the issue of RPF. Taban Deng the JENNA HARRAM is doing what his kinds do best...! Go to Aweil, Wau and Malakal and see what the offsprings of people from that part of the world do!

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          • 7 May 2018 23:33, by South South

            Eastern,

            Please be respectful to First Vice President of South Sudan. Calling names will do you nothing to get what you need in South Sudan. In Equatoria, we have many KARAMAs, but they are our brothers.

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